Turpentine Jake to be Published!
Turpentine Jake is now a forthcoming publication by the Marymount Institute Press and is already receiving praise.
Here is a play full of mystery and song, with an epic story and indelible characters that lifts some dark times out of the piney forests of Florida and into the hearts of the audience. On the cloud of an ending that is as honest as it is surprising, I left the theater feeling thankful and hopeful about what theater can accomplish with wonderful material.
Playwright in Residence, Amherst College
Coming to Amazon Fall 2011.
Turpentine Jake is a slice-of-life in the Florida Turpentine camps of the 1930s, where Black workers were enslaved under “debt peonage.“ This is the true story of one man who escaped. Play includes original work songs and folk tales.
Praise for Turpentine Jake
rich source material
riveting and dangerous story
work songs add texture to the fabric of the story
the story needs to be told
meditation on injustice and folk wisdomL.A. Weekly 8/7/2008